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Teatro di San Carlo and surroundings – Naples, Italy
The building is wedged into a public square, the Piazza Plebiscito at an odd angle, so I just couldn’t get a good shot showing much of the exterior.
Commissioned by Bourbon King Charles (Carlo) III of Naples, in its current seating configuration the theater can accommodate close to 1400 patrons.
First opening in 1737 it is the oldest continuously running opera house in Europe and is still considered one of grandest ones in the world.
The foyer and waiting areas are just as lovely as the theater.
Polished marble floors, antique furniture, and statues of old dead opera guys everywhere!
And a few simple, but elegant looking doors.
During our tour we learned how the king had a secret tunnel built to connect the theater directly to the nearby royal palace so that he would not have to mingle with his subjects.
Just imagine, when attending a performance he would be able to go straight to his royal box without having to come in contact with any riff-raff 😀
Our guide explained that on the very first opening night, the King discovered one of the drawbacks of slinking in and out without fanfare.
It seems the people in the theater were not even aware when he arrived in his box to take his seat, and they went about their business, chatting and whatnot. The king was aghast that none of his subjects showed him proper respect by rising until he took his seat!
Since the idea of throwing 1400 people into a dungeon didn’t seem too practical, the king did come up with a solution to prevent this kind of slight from happening again.
Mirrors were added to each of the other boxes, angled precisely to give patrons a perfect view of the royal box. Now no one could use the excuse that they didn’t see the royals arrive.
After our tour I was feeling a little door deprived, so we took a walk around the square; here are a few of the nice doors we found:
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